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Community helps Edmond Senior Center keep serving meals

Three years ago, state budget cuts halted Edmond Senior Center from serving daily lunches. Six months later, the community united to fill the need, and the center continues to serve Edmond seniors who like to get together to eat and socialize.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: November 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm •  Published: November 15, 2012

More than a meal

Bolvin, Noxon and Winters also participate in the card game, bridge.

“We come here to socialize,” Noxon said. “Always have and always will.”

Deaton said the meal program attracts people who would otherwise be idle at home.

“If they're up here socializing, they're getting a hot meal, they may participate in the exercise program — we're saving them money in that as well,” Deaton said.

“They need a place to hang out; they need to keep their minds active. We want to keep them in the present as much as possible. We don't want them sitting at home sinking back into the past.”

People age 55 or older are welcome.

“At the time that they sign up, we can take their picture and make them a membership card,” she said. “At that time, they're asked if they want to make a $12 per year donation. They don't have to. Most of them do, and it allows us to do basic things to keep up the building.”

The meal program is the same: It has a suggested price of $2.50, and those who eat can choose to put money in the box or not.

“There is no pressure that they have to walk in the door with money,” Deaton said.

The lunches are served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and are provided by Carson's Catering.

“As you can see, it is pretty healthy looking today,” Bolvin said, looking at her lunch recently. “Normally, they are very healthy. They feed us pretty well.”

Get involved

Edmond Senior Center is at 2733 Marilyn Williams Drive. For more information or to make a donation, call 216-7600.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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